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​The Central Maryland GPAA was established in 2012 as an official chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America and is operated by Central Maryland Gold Prospectors, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

What we do

The Central Maryland GPAA is dedicated to providing environmental education in the area of recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection by providing hands on activities, educational outings and exploratory hikes for the general public, youth groups and other organizations. 

MD GPAA's 2nd annual fishing for Fossils

will be held on September 23rd at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, Maryland.  The park is open from dawn to dusk and has a $5 per vehicle entry fee.

Come for a few hours or stay all day.  Shovels and classifiers/screens are allowed , but keep in mind that it is a 2 mile walk from the parking area to the search area at the beach.  Our members will be arriving throughout the day and "fishing" for fossils at the beach.  Please visit the Calvert Cliffs State Park website for more park information.

Sept. 8th at 8 pm
Fossils of Calvert Cliffs

with a special focus on Megladon and other shark teeth from the region.

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Who we are

Our vision is to give prospectors, rockhounds and mineral enthusiasts a place to gather and share their experiences while educating others about the importance of mineral extraction and creating a public awareness of ethical prospecting and collection methods.  

Free Gold friday!!!

Everyone attending a monthly meeting has the opportunity of leaving with a nice picker!

Did you know there is GOLD and other minerals in the creeks of Maryland?

Come out to one of our local events, a group dig, an overnight outing or attend a meeting and join the Central Maryland Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America as we explore Maryland's little known gold history and search for the lustrous yellow metal.

Our mission is to educate, inform and inspire the general public about recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection in our area and around the globe.

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Fishing for Fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park

​September 23rd, 2017